Today i was supposed to take a rather glamorous phillipino girl fishing.
I was at the apopointed meeting place at the correct time – a little expected – she called me nearly 90 minutes later to ask if the trip was still on – id decided that the weather could posibly turn very bad and the trip was a bad idea anyway – in spite of baiting a long line with fish id caught the day before on the atlanterhavsveien bridge.
In the past id have done evrything i could to be with this woman. Now i feel i did not only exactly the right thing but for once i spent a full day on fixing the boats walls and boy did it feel good.
Its a little amusing to use the methods and tools im employing – kreg jig and biscuit jointer, but boy are they working well. I managed also to put in some beams – after this everything should go very easily – as the boat now has a tapaulin over the roof and the beams allow enough room to work under cover i should be able to fairly fly.
Next stage, make the angled pieces to go above the wall strengtheners – fix in place if its raining or not – ahh, the walls need to be sized and theyre not – so the tapaulins need to come off for that – anyways after that – beams in place then fix roof panels. If im quick enough i shluld also be able to fix rotten pieces of wall and deck – mahogany for that. Unfortunatly no brazilian – only sapele which is hard as nails and difficult to work – should be interesting.
Last thursday i was working at svanpro – dear old Erling, the foreman was using a circular saw deeping a piece of pine, some 40 cms long, his fingers were beside the blade – perhaps 3 cms away – in the other hand he had a short push stick – i tried to give his helper a longer push stick to hold the work down on the other side but was pushed away – i though, any second now the work could catch and be thrown in his face – there is no cover over the blade so sawdust is being thrown in his face and im being told to f off – so i went to see Helge Grunland who is supposed to be my boss i think – he told me to go away as he was in a meeting – he defiantly did not like what i had to say, but his anger was directed at me. I felt this was a situation id been in many times before – so many times – a authority figure incorrectly making assumptions and worse using his authority to push me around – i thought RIGHT – im going to do something ive never done before because ive been too cowardly – Erling is an absolute darling – i like him a lot, but im not going to see him maimed under any circumstances, if his boss is too stupid to do something about it then i will.
Further i suddenly realized why they had been so oooo very nice to me when i lost my fingernail and broke the thumb, they hoped i would not sue –
so i got the contact details from Johan of the arbeidstilsynet and wrote them a report – next stop a lawyer for compensation – im not sure if i should give the money away afterwards as a fuck you, or keep it.
They took us all to a dinner at Ha holmen restaurant last week – i should say costing somewhere around 400 kr each – that is 30 odd people – 12,000 kr, and they dont have enough money for safety devices – nor do they have enough interest to give us something interesting to do – all my attempts are met with a show of polite interest – im surprised they dont pat me on the head as well.
I said to myself that it was time i left – hopefully there will be a few reverberations next week and i will quietly be asked to leave – hmm, lets hope so. Hihiii, it feels good to take charge.
the Below was sent to the arbeide tylsynet
I work at Svanpro a small kommune run company for long term unemployed at Eide i Fræna kommune.
I have worked in the furniture making and joinery industry for over 35 years and have many hundreds of hours experience operating circular saws, bandsaws in fact saws of every kind.
One of the first machines i was asked to use was a underslung crosscut saw – the fence is used to support the work while being cut by the saw, some of the work being cut was unsupported on the far side of the blade as it was very short and did not reach the fence which had a large gap where the blade rode up – i made a great deal of fuss over this and was eventually allowed to fix the problem as best i could with the materials available – the bed of the saw also bent out of shape so that work was continually caught in the deformation, fortunatly i was able to use a hammer to correct this.
I was very suprised that the saw was being used commercially in such a dangerous condition
later i was asked to use a dimension saw – i told the management that the saw was dangerous as it had no riving knife or at the time a cover over the blade. In the uk it is also madatory to have a brake on the motor, there is no brake facility.
I was asked to cut points on the end of poles up to a meter long, this i refused to do without a jig – i was eventually allowed to make a jig with the materials present – i considered this adequate but not competely safe as there were a number of items that should have been present such as hold down clamps. This is a dangerous operation without a jig or special safety equipment. I understand that in the past no safety equipment has ever been used.
After a few weeks i was asked to cut some ply panels – this i agreed to do as it was with a carriage and fence – everything went well untill a piece of plywood was picked up by the blade and thrown back at me with considerable force – i was well over 1.5 meters away – unfortunatly my hand was in the way – the plywood nearly severed the top of my thumb and removed the nail, it was excrutiatingly painful. The bone was also broken.
I was taken to hospital where i learnt that the foreman had continued using the saw and had lost 2 nails on his hand.
18 juni the foreman was deep cutting pieces of pine some 40 cms long(on the underslung crosscut saw with the blade in the up position) , his fingers were beside the top of the sawblade holding the material down. (there is no functional cover over this blade) He was also using a push stick in the other hand – i told him this was very unsafe and tried to get his helper to use another push stick but was pushed out of the way and the stick refused. The material could easily have been picked up by the blade and projected back into his face with considerable force, his fingers could also have been severed. As there wa no cover over the blade and there was no dust extraction a good deal of sawdust was being flung into his face (he was wearing ordinary glasses)– neither of the 2 using the saw were wearing dust masks.
(figures show that up to 3% of all softwood workers get throat and nose cancer from continual dust inhalation)
I went to the senior manager Helge Grunland, told him that the saw was being used in a very dangerous way and was told to leave the room as he was in a important meeting.
Anyone using circular saws in a industrial environment in the uk is required to go on a course so they understand the regulations and the possible consequences of breaching them. Regulations also need to be posted by each machine.
It is clear my foreman has no idea – the management is clearly not concerned over this issue either preferring to ship the occasional accident to hospital rather than spend money . They do seem to have industrial experience so they must be aware of the consequences. I understand there have been several accidents in the past with workers loosing fingers.
This lax attitude to safety is a breach of workers rights and doubtless a breach of several laws, the injuries sustained from saw accidents are often permanent – my thumb is mutilated. It is clear that no change will take place without a great deal of pressure. I have done everything i can do by talking with management, it is pointless to continue.